IU Wraps Up Thai Trip

McRobbie was a keynote speaker at the NIDA ceremony. McRobbie was a keynote speaker at the NIDA ceremony.
BLOOMINGTON -

A delegation led by Indiana University President Michael McRobbie has wrapped up what the school calls a highly-successful trip to Thailand. The weeklong mission included the 50th anniversary celebration of the National Institute of Development Administration and a renewed partnership with the Asian nation's top public research university.

The delegation played a prominent role in the celebration honoring the National Institute of Development Administration, which the school helped found. McRobbie delivered a keynote address at the ceremony. NIDA has trained thousands of the Thai government's top administrators and diplomats.

Other highlights of the trip included the renewed partnership agreement with Chulalongkorn University and an audience with Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. McRobbie also honored IU alumnus Disnadda Diskul, who leads the Mae Fah Luang Foundation, addressing poverty and living conditions for minorities in Thailand.

The partnership with Chulalongkorn University includes the continuation of faculty and student exchanges that have taken place between the institutions since 1994. As part of the agreement, the Bangkok school will provide a Thai language instructor to IU's School of Global and International Studies. The school houses the recently-established Southeast Asian Studies Program.

Indiana University has more than 1,000 alumni with ties to Thailand.

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